Featured SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Governor Charlie Baker

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker was sworn in for a second term as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 3, 2019, after a first term focused on moving Massachusetts forward through bipartisan, results-driven leadership. Governor Baker has used public private partnerships to spur economic development, reformed the state’s regulatory environment, and delivered critical tax relief by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Prior to his election, Governor Baker was a highly successful leader of complex business and government organizations, serving as a cabinet secretary to both Governor William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and leading Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as CEO, from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the nation’s highest ranked health care providers. Raised in Needham, Governor Baker and his wife Lauren reside in Swampscott, and are the proud parents of their three children, Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.

Dr. Alexandre Kalache

Co-President, International Longevity Centres Global Alliance

Dr. Alexandre Kalache is the current Co-President of the International Longevity Centres Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a seventeen-country consortium of think tanks on ageing with consultative status to the United Nations. He shares the Presidency of the ILC-GA with Dr. Mary Anne Tsao who heads ILC-Singapore and the Tsao Foundation. He has been a protagonist on world-wide ageing policy issues for four decades as both academic (at the Universities of Oxford and London; 1975-1995) and as international civil servant. It was in the latter role as Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) global programme on ageing (1995-2008) that he instigated the Age-friendly Cities movement with the launch of the WHO Age-friendly Cities Guide (2007) and the policy document that informed it, the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002; revised in 2015).

Dr. Kalache is involved in the implementation of specific age-friendly city initiatives in a range of urban locations worldwide from mega-cities to small municipalities. He advises national, state and municipal governments as well as private foundations and businesses worldwide on ageing policy initiatives. His interests go beyond urban planning to such areas as age-friendly hospitals, universities and hotels. He serves on a variety of boards for such bodies as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Oxford University, WHO, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation.  He also represents HelpAge International (HAI) as a Global Ambassador. Dr. Kalache is a national of Brazil and founded ILC-Brazil in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and additionally serves as its inaugural President.

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.

Founder and Director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr Coughlin’s research seeks to understand the impacts of global demographic change, social trends and technology on consumer behavior, innovations in business, and public policy. Dr. Coughlin teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. He is the author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He is currently at work on a new book about the future of retirement.

A researcher, teacher and speaker, Dr. Coughlin is a frequent guest on news programs; his work has been featured in both print and on television, including ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, News Asia, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets throughout the world.

Nancy LeaMond

Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP

Nancy LeaMond, Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, leads government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP’s social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

PANELISTS

Tom Grape

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Benchmark.

Since 1997, Tom has led Benchmark to become the largest senior housing company in the Northeast. With 6,300 associates and nearly 60 communities across eight states, Benchmark has assets under management of over $2.5 billion.  He is a founding board member and former chair of Argentum, the national organization of senior living companies, as well as founder and past chairman of its state affiliate, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

In 1993, Tom was instrumental, along with then Secretary of Health and Human Services and now Governor, Charlie Baker, in writing the legislation for assisted living in Massachusetts. And in 2017, Governor Baker chose him to serve on the first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Michael R. Fanning

Head of MassMutual U.S.Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Mike Fanning is the head of MassMutual’s domestic U.S. insurance, wealth management and retirement businesses, representing $530 billion in client assets and serving more than five million individual and institutional customers with a broad range of financial solutions. Through MassMutual’s nationwide network of nearly 9,000 financial professionals, its comprehensive workplace products and solutions, and extensive online tools, the company is committed to providing a personalized experience that empowers people to secure their future and protect the ones they love.

Prior to taking on his current leadership role, Mr. Fanning led MassMutual’s domestic insurance business, which saw substantial growth under his leadership, including industry-leading sales growth of individual and whole life insurance offerings, completion of the 2016 acquisition of the MetLife Premier Client Group, significantly expanding MassMutual’s distribution footprint, and the launch of several innovative approaches to reach more customers directly, including Haven Life.

Mr. Fanning joined MassMutual in 2006 as head of operations in the company’s insurance business, where he was responsible for new business, underwriting, in-force service and claims as well as its broker-dealer MML Investor Services LLC.

Mr. Fanning is an industry authority on insurance and retirement and has served as a member of the board of LIMRA and LOMA, collectively known as LL Global. In addition, he has been a contributor to A.M. Best publications, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and other nationally recognized magazines and journals.

Mr. Fanning is a graduate of Brown University with degrees in Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management.

Robert Kramer

Founder & Strategic Advisor, National Investment Center

Robert Kramer is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), a non-profit education and resource center that serves debt and equity investors interested in the seniors housing and care industry. NIC is the leading provider of research as well as business and financial performance data on this sector for capital providers. NIC’s focus is to enable access and choice in seniors housing and care by providing data, analytics and connections that bring together investors and care providers.

Mr. Kramer, a frequent writer and speaker on trends in seniors housing, post-acute and long-term care, directed NIC from its inception in 1991 until July 2017. A former county government official and Maryland state legislator, Mr. Kramer was a leader on health and environmental issues while representing the state capital of Annapolis in the 1980s. Mr. Kramer was educated at Harvard and Oxford Universities and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Kelsey Mellard

CEO & Co-founder – Sitka

Following a decade in Washington, DC, Kelsey Mellard spent three years in San Francisco, where she recently Co-founded Sitka (www.trustsitka.com) and serves as its CEO.  Prior to founding Sitka, she was an early employee at Honor Homecare, joining in 2013.  Her career history includes; VP of Partnership Marketing and Policy at naviHealth; VP of Policy for Health Services at United Health Group and Special Assistant to the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Prior to her employment with the Federal Government, Kelsey worked directly in the healthcare delivery system with the Advisory Board Company as well as an Administrative Fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinic.

Kelsey began her career at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She attended Winona State University for her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Terrence A. O’Malley

Medical Director, Non Acute Care Services

Dr. O’Malley graduated from Amherst College, Cornell University Medical College and trained at  Massachusetts General Hospital where he is on staff as a geriatrician providing clinical care and supervising medical residents and fellows.  He has decades of clinical and administrative experience in post-acute care and was the Medical Director Non-Acute Care Services at Partners HealthCare.  He has been active in extending interoperable health information exchange to post-acute care and is on the Federal HIT Advisory Committee as co-chair of the US Core Data for Interoperability Task Force and is helping to build the shared vocabulary for social determinants of health, function and cognition, and creating a shared care plan for Long Term Services and Supports.

Sanjay Pathak

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CVS MinuteClinic

Sanjay currently serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CVS MinuteClinic. In this capacity, he oversees operations, growth and payer contracting for the organization.  Prior to joining MinuteClinic, Sanjay led commercial operations and market development for a Boston based digital health startup venture which focused on enabling patient access through “smart search” technology.    In addition to his most recent experiences, Sanjay served as a Senior Vice President at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he directed strategy and operations for many of the larger clinical service lines, including Surgery, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Imaging.   

Sanjay spent the early part of his career in healthcare management consulting most recently with Deloitte where he focused on strategy, operations and business transformation in the provider sector.

Arnold Whitman

Founder & Chairman, Formation Capital

Arnold Whitman is founder and Chairman of Formation Capital, a leading investment firm in Senior Care. Over the past 20 years, Arnie has strategically led Formation Capital in its growth and execution of over $8 Billion in transactions. Arnie is also a founding partner in Generator Ventures, a leading venture firm focused on the intersection of innovation and aging.

He is also a partner with Aging 2.0, a global platform and community for innovators, providers, distributors, and investors focused on solutions for aging and seniors.

Arnie is a former board member and Chairman emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC). He is a current board member of Genesis Healthcare, HC-One in the U.K., ASHA, Trident USA, Care Institute, Vynca, and Chronic Care Management, Inc.

QUICK TAKES

Marc Bernica

Senior Vice President, Bright Horizons

As Senior Vice President of Back-up Care and Family Supports at Bright Horizons, Marc Bernica is charged with serving the more than 7.5 million client employees that rely on Bright Horizons’ to support their caregiving needs.  His responsibilities include service delivery, product development, and strategy for Bright Horizon’s elder care offerings.

Marc has nearly 20 years of experience in service and operations across a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, government, and education.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Alice Bonner PhD, RN, FAAN

Senior Director for Aging, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE program and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Dr. Alice Bonner has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Bonner served as Secretary of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over three years. She previously directed the Division of Nursing Homes for CMS in Baltimore (2011-2013) and the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (2009-2011).

Anne Doyle

President, Lasell Village

Anne Doyle is President of Lasell Village, the country’s first senior living community with an educational requirement. It was founded in 2000 with a core philosophy of intergenerational study, guided by an intellectually enriched lifestyle on a university campus.  Anne brings over thirty years of management experience serving in leadership roles in health systems, the public sector, the insurance industry, consulting, and with a healthcare technology start up.  She is recognized as a change agent in organizations committed to designing innovative programs and services for living well.

Anne has an MBA from Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Sweden where her passion for thinking differently about aging began.  Anne serves on several national and state-level Boards of Directors, and is an avid cyclist and fundraiser for health care and climate causes.

Amy Schectman

President and CEO, 2Life Communities

For over 35 years, Amy Schectman has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors to advance affordable housing and social justice. Recognized for her ability to forge effective partnerships, she is a thought leader in holistic approaches to elder housing and care. Amy also plays a state and national advocacy role. She serves on Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, and is on the board of CHAPA, MHIC, MHAC, and other nonprofits. She has been invited to The White House four times and has hosted U.S. Congressmen, U.S. Senate staff, and state legislators numerous times.

HOSTS

Tim Driver

Founder and CEO, Age Friendly Ventures

Tim Driver has a successful track record starting and building digital businesses that make a social contribution. He is the founder and CEO of Age Friendly Ventures, the parent organization of RetirementJobs.com, Mature Caregivers and Age Friendly Advisor. Tim was a Board Member and SVP at Salary.com. He held senior positions at AOL and Accenture and co-chaired the Employment Committee for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging. He was named an Influencer in Aging by PBS NextAvenue.

Amanda Henshon

Executive Director, Age Friendly Foundation

Amanda Henshon oversees the day-to-day operations of the Age Friendly Foundation.  Previously, Henshon worked in corporate law at Ropes and Gray, then moved into philanthropy.  She served multiple terms as Trustee of the Wellesley Free Library, including as Chair of the Board. She also spearheaded the creation of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation.  Henshon holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA from Yale University and BA from Amherst College.

Stephen Johnston, MBA

Co-founder, Aging 2.0

Stephen Johnston is a co-founder of Aging 2.0, a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory a New York 501c3 nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people,

Stephen is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Joseph C. McCarron, Jr., CPA

Principal & Founder, Capital Care Associates

Joseph McCarron has over thirty-five years of extensive executive experience in capital formation, property development and operations management dedicated exclusively in the realm of Senior Living and Aging Services.  He is Principal & Founder of Capital Care Associates, LLC providing business and financial advisory services in this industry sector.  Joe’s business career has extended to representing over $2B of invested capital in Seniors Housing & Care.  He is a recognized industry expert representing extensive transactional history and has served in multiple leadership positions for varied business and industry associations.  Among these, Joe serves on the Board of Directors for the Age Friendly Foundation established in Boston, MA.

Most recently, Joe was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Wellpoint Community, LLC – representing sponsorship and development of progressively planned and mixed-use lifestyle communities.  The Wellpoint Community prototype represents the integrative delivery of lifestyle offerings surrounding wellness programming, healthcare services and active engagement programming.  Wellpoint is conceived as responsive to exhibiting trends in aging services and beyond – enabling best practices through innovation while promoting living well and supporting longevity for all ages.